The purpose of the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress (CDSC) Mini-Grant Program is to fund projects that promote opportunity, equity and inclusion for individuals with Down syndrome and their families by promoting civil rights for individuals with Down syndrome, promoting positive public awareness of Down syndrome or providing support to individuals with Down syndrome and their families.  Applications are reviewed 3 times per year with submission due dates of January 15, April 15, and October 15.

The CDSC is especially supportive of the following types of projects:

  • Educate parents about their rights and responsibilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and the specific procedures to defend those rights through due process.
  • Improve parent communications or public relations between school and community
  • Facilitate community-based adult living through direct supports, transportation services or other means
  • Provide education and training to parents in effective educational methods or therapies
  • Create or enable employment in the community
  • Enable participation in community or school social or recreation activities
  • Other innovative projects consistent with the Vision of the CDSC

Grants are limited to $500 each, and the project must directly benefit an individual or individuals with Down syndrome.  A CDSC member must sponsor the project by submitting a written statement on the importance and need for the project, as well as being responsible for the completion of the project.  An effort must be made to publicize the grant in a local newspaper with a copy of the article sent to the CDSC.  Any books, equipment etc. purchased with the funds must display the CDSC label (provided with the grant).

A project status report is required 12 months after project inception.

CDSC Mini-Grant Application

Camp Grants

We will be distributing annual grants of up to $500 to help pay for overnight summer camp for individuals with Down Syndrome. The first awards will be announced at our annual meeting on November 16th. Applications are due by October 31st. An application consists of: Your name, address, phone number, email contact; your child’s name, age and the name of the camp the child will be attending. A short statement of why you need the award should be included. You need not be present at the convention to receive the award.  Email your application to



Each year the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress (CDSC) offers up to two scholarships of $1000 to students pursuing an advanced degree (masters or above) in Special Education, with the intention of working with children with Down Syndrome.

The deadline for application is October 31st.  An application consists of basic biographical information including name, Where you attend school, degree sought, a copy of a transcript, a brief (less than 250 words) statement of why you deserve the award, and one letter of recommendation. The scholarships will be presented to the winners at our annual convention.  Applications can be emailed to Joe Dennin at, or by US mail to CDSC, P.O. Box 243, Meriden, CT 06450, attn: scholarship committee.